Black tea is one of the most popular teas known to man (thanks to teas such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast) and have since been widely accepted and embraced all over the world for its various health benefits.
Tea is one of the most adored beverages in the world, just second to water. All true teas grow from the same shrub named Camellia Sinensis. The only difference between black, green, white, oolong teas is how they are processed once they are picked.
Specifically looking at the processing stage of black tea, it is oxidized and/or fermented - which contributes to its unique color, flavor, and of course, health benefits that are so widely known.
A few health benefits of black tea consumption are (but not limited to):
All thanks to the great source of antioxidants and polyphenols present in black teas.
February is heart month and the heart is just another area where black tea may play quite a beneficial role. *(Those with heart conditions should use caution when it comes to caffeinated beverages)* There is increasing evidence that those without heart problems can see their possibility of heart issues reduced.
Wow! How wonderful right?!
Consumption of black tea may help reduce clotting and inflammation. One 2012 study found that black tea reduced cardiovascular risks and improved the levels of antioxidants in the study participants overall.
All in all, black tea offers numerous benefits beyond just a morning caffeine kick. Researchers are still exploring the potential health benefits of black tea; however studies in humans have generated mixed results. More research is needed for other supposed benefits, including those for osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, high blood pressure and stomach disorders.
To get the most antioxidants out of your cup, try it loose leaf and without milk.